As many people continue to struggle with anxiety and depression in a post-pandemic world, Supervisor Don Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board have announced free Mental Health and Wellness Seminars to help people who are going through difficult times. Also supporting this initiative are Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Councilwoman Melissa Miller, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“The COVID-19 pandemic created many hardships for people throughout America’s largest township, and many residents have experienced mental health issues as a result of stress, social isolation and other factors,” said Supervisor Clavin. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to host these free Mental Health and Wellness Seminars to help people who continue to struggle in the aftermath of the pandemic, and we encourage anyone in need of assistance to join us.”
The free seminars, being led by local health care professionals, will focus on helping children and adults who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues and coping with the lingering effects and potential long-term health issues stemming from COVID-19. The town also welcomes attendance from first responders and essential workers, many of whom continued to work and serve the public through the height of the pandemic.
The seminars are being held throughout the town on the following dates:
- Tuesday, May 10th at 7 PM - Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse (2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick)
- Tuesday, May 24th at 7 PM - Hempstead Town Hall, Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion (1 Washington St., Hempstead)
- Wednesday, May 25th at 7 PM - Elmont Memorial Library (700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont)
- Thursday, June 2nd at 7 PM - Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville)
- Tuesday, June 14th at 7 PM - Rockville Centre Recreation Center (111 North Oceanside Rd., Rockville Centre)
- Thursday, June 16th at 7 PM - Valley Stream Village Hall (123 South Central Ave., Valley Stream)
To register, please visit https://hempsteadny.gov/889/Mental-Health-and-Wellness-Seminars or call (516) 812-3609.
In addition to providing these seminars, Supervisor Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board – in collaboration with the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth and the Saving Lives Five Towns Drug and Alcohol Coalition – have also announced free drug awareness programs to help educate students and parents on the dangers of marijuana and opioid abuse. The town also provided millions of dollars in federal CARES funds to assist people, community organizations, schools and hospitals to help respond to health issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Though we are encouraged by declining infection rates and a steady progression toward normalcy, many people are still struggling and the Town of Hempstead is here to help,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “We encourage all residents young and old to attend one of our free Mental Health and Wellness Seminars.”